Texas State Guard’s 1st Brigade Joins Forces with Santa to Bring Joy to Children Through Toy Drive

In a heartwarming display of community service and safety, members of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) from the 1st Brigade participated in the Dallas Children’s Charity event on November 18, 2023. This special event, held in Dallas, Texas, was not just about gathering toys; it was a collaborative effort to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for attendees. The 1st Brigade soldiers worked hand-in-hand with the local police department and the Department of Public Safety, ensuring the event ran smoothly. Their primary focus was supporting the Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive, an initiative close to their hearts. The generosity of the participants was evident, as a significant portion of the collected gifts will contribute to the TXSG toy drive, a testament to the spirit of giving that the Texas State Guard embodies.

Another mission The 1st Brigade was up to was collecting toys at The Five Below retail shop, where the presence of Santa added a magical touch to the toy collection drive. The synergy between the jolly figure of Christmas and the disciplined soldiers of the 1st Brigade captured the hearts of the community, making the toy drive even more special. This effort not only gathered numerous toys for children in need but also bridged the gap between military personnel and the communities they serve.

Since its inception in 2009, the ‘Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive’ has been a beacon of hope and joy, collecting over 600,000 toys to date. These toys have been distributed to children in various settings such as schools, hospitals, daycares, and shelters, bringing smiles to countless young faces. The Texas State Guard soldiers show exceptional commitment to this cause, balancing it with their regular duties. Their efforts in organizing this extensive toy drive underscore the strong bond between the military and the communities they serve. As the holiday season approaches, the Texas State Guard reiterates its promise to ensure that no child is left without a toy. This toy drive is more than a charity initiative; it symbolizes hope, kindness, and the core values of protection, service, and unity that the Guard upholds. The soldiers of the Texas State Guard, through their valor and compassion, are dedicated to spreading holiday cheer, one toy and one smile at a time.

Texas State Guard (TXSG) service members from 1st Brigade participated in the Dallas Children’s Charity event on November 18, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. They supported the Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive and offered a safe environment for attendees while collaborating with the local police department and Department of Public Safety. A portion of the gifts collected for the event will be donated, helping the TXSG toy drive. (Photos by Cpt. Esperanza Meza of the Texas State Guard)



































Texas State Guard soldiers from 1st Brigade are at the Five Below, 2325 S Stemmoms Fwy, Lewisville, Texas, today from 10-6pm to collect and provide toys to women’s shelters, hospitals, schools, and other nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Thank you for your support! For more information and to help a child this season visit https://www.txsgtoydrive.com


















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